Study In Romania - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Romania as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Romania as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Romania

Why study in Romania

Cost of studying in Romania

Universities in Romania for international students

Cost of living in Romania for international students

How to get a visa to study in Romania

How to apply and study in Romania

Tuition fees to study in Romania

Applying to study in Romania

In order to apply to study in Romania, you have to be at least 17 years old. The documents you need when applying to Romanian universities include:

        Application form  for diploma recognition (EU, EEA or Swiss applicants)

        For undergraduate applicants: certified copy of the Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent

        For postgraduate applicants: certified copy of graduation certificate

        Certified copy of academic record translated into Romanian, English, French or German

        Certified copy of birth certificate

        A medical certificate specifying that the candidate does not have any contagious diseases and explaining the applicant's health status

        Certified copy of passport

        A statement specifying that the applicant’s high-school diploma (Baccalaureate Diploma) enables him/her to apply for bachelor's degree studies

        Language certificate, except for applicants coming from countries where the official language is the language of instruction (this certificate can be obtained from the university after passing a test before enrolment)

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Apply to universities in Romania


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost of studying in Romania for international students


The cost of studying in Romania actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Romania have different tuition fees




Tuition fees in Romania vary among universities. The average tuition fees for international students to study in Romania per year  is about US$2,500 – 6,300  depending on the course you intend to study.

 Medicine is always more expensive than other courses at US$8,800 per year at some Romanian universities.

The cost of living in Romania for international students is not expensive,with about US$1200 per month all expenses which includes accommodation,feeding,transport can be covered. The cost of living in Romania also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of the student.

To study in Romania as an international student,you need to apply for a study visa to Romania and you complete tuition fee must be paid to be eligible to apply.


Cost of living in Romania according to expatistan



Housing           [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

2,853 lei

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

1,928 lei

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

372 lei

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

1,725 lei

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

1,145 lei

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

280 lei

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

31 lei

            40” flat screen TV

1,436 lei

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

325 lei

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

34 lei

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

25 lei

Clothes            [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

292 lei

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

150 lei

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

339 lei

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

353 lei

Transportation [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

83,381 lei

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

5.06 lei

            Monthly ticket public transport

60 lei

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

13 lei

Personal Care  [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

25 lei

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

28 lei

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

113 lei

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

18 lei

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

13 lei

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

16 lei

            4 rolls of toilet paper

6 lei

            Tube of toothpaste

10 lei

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

30 lei

Entertainment  [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

90 lei

            2 tickets to the movies

52 lei

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

124 lei

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

163 lei

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

22 lei

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

13 lei

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

8 lei

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

2,164 lei

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

0.74 lei

            1 month of gym membership in business district

265 lei


Visa to study in Romania


To study in Romania as an international student, you will need a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Romania visa


What documents will be required?

Visit visa – The invitation procedure can be followed by Romanian citizens, or by aliens, holders of a valid Romanian residence permit. Depending on each case, the documents that have to be submitted for this purpose, are the following:

i. the identity card or the passport of the host, namely the Romanian citizen, or alternatively, the residence permit of the alien, both in original and in copy;

ii. the proof of ensuring the guest’s accommodation;

iii. the proof of the possibilities of providing the alien with financial support, in amount of at least EUR 30/day for the entire period of their stay on the territory of Romania;

iv. a copy of the travel document belonging to the guest alien;

v. two photos of 3 x 4 cm in diameter, of the guest alien.

b. Tourism visa - The invitation procedure can be followed by Romanian tourist companies, for each invited alien, individually. The documents that have to be submitted for this purpose, are the following:

i. the registration certificate and the bylaws of the company in original and in copy;

ii. a power of attorney, on behalf of the company, naming the person entitled to make the invitation in the name of the company;

iii. depending on each case, the identity card or the residence permit, of the person entitled to make the invitation;

iv. a copy of the travel document belonging to the invited alien;

v. two photos of 3 x 4 cm in diameter, of the invited alien.

Time required to issue visa:

Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Romania Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate and whether you choose to "rush" your visa application.

How long is the Visa valid for?

- The airport transit visa (identified through the letter A): it allows the access of aliens into the international area of an airport, as well as their pending on the premises of the airport, until their access is allowed on board of the plane heading towards the country of destination;

- The transit visa (identified through the letter B): it allows the access of aliens on the territory of Romania, for the purpose of transit, throughout a period of maximum 5 days;

- The short-stay visa (identified through the letter C): it allows the entry and the short residence of aliens on the territory of Romania for a period of 90 days within an interval of maximum 6 months from the date of entry (in the case of a multiple-entry visa, the period of residence will be taken into account starting with the date of the first entry).

- The long-stay visa (identified through the letter D): it allows the entry and residence of aliens on the territory of Romania, for a period of maximum 90 days.

Who requires a visa?

All nationals require a visa to enter Romania, except:

a.) Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Salvador, San Marino, Serbia (excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava)), Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela nationals.

b.) Special administrative regions of the people's republic of China:

1. Hong Kong SAR(1)

2. Macao SAR(2)

c.) British citizens who are not nationals of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the purposes of community law: British Nationals (Overseas).

d.) Shengen area members.


List and ranking of all the universities in Romania


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Romania. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Romania and their ranking




Rank    University        Location

1          Universitatea Babes-Bolyai

Cluj Napoca

2          Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza


3          Universitatea din Bucuresti


4          Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti


5          Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti


6          Universitatea Tehnica Cluj-Napoca

Cluj Napoca ...

7          Universitatea Tehnica Gheorghe Asachi din Iasi


8          Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara


9          Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov


10        Universitatea "Politehnica" din Timisoara

Timisoara ...

11        Universitatea din Craiova

Craiova ...

12        Universitatea Dunarea de Jos din Galati


13        Universitatea Lucian Blaga din Sibiu


14        Universitatea Stefan cel Mare Suceava


15        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Iuliu Hatieganu din Cluj

Cluj Napoca

16        Universitatea Constantin Brâncusi

Târgu Jiu

17        Universitatea Ovidius Constanta


18        Universitatea din Oradea


19        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Gr. T. Popa

Iasi ...

20        Universitatea Româno-Americana din Bucuresti


21        Universitatea Tehnica de Constructii din Bucuresti


22        Universitatea din Pitesti

Pitesti ...

23        Universitatea Spiru Haret


24        Universitatea Valahia din Târgoviste


25        Universitatea de Stiinte Agricole si Medicina Veterinara din Cluj-Napoca

Cluj Napoca

26        Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu din Arad


27        Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism Ion Mincu din Bucuresti

Bucharest ...

28        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timisoara


29        Universitatea de Stiinte Agricole si Medicina Veterinara a Banatului Timisoara


30        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie din Craiova


31        Universitatea Petru Maior din Târgu-Mures

Târgu Mures

32        Scoala Nationala de Studii Politice si Administrative


33        Universitatea Vasile Alecsandri din Bacau


34        Universitatea de Stiinte Agronomice si Medicina Veterinara din Bucuresti


35        Universitatea 1 Decembrie 1918 din Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia

36        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Carol Davila


37        Universitatea Nationala de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica Ion Luca Caragiale


38        Universitatea de Vest Vasile Goldis Arad

Arad ...

39        Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie din Târgu-Mures

Târgu Mures

40        Universitatea Titu Maiorescu

Bucharest ...

41        Universitatea Danubius


42        Universitatea Nationala de Muzica Bucuresti


43        Universitatea Tibiscus din Timisoara


44        Universitatea din Petrosani


45        Universitatea Petrol-Gaze din Ploiesti


46        Universitatea Nationala de Aparare Carol I


47        Universitatea de Stiinte Agricole si Medicina Veterinara din Iasi


48        Universitatea Crestina Dimitrie Cantemir


49        Universitatea Agora din Oradea


50        Universitatea Emanuel din Oradea


51        Universitatea Nicolae Titulescu din Bucuresti


52        Universitatea de Arte din Târgu Mures

Târgu Mures

53        Universitatea de Arte George Enescu Iasi


54        Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti


55        Universitatea Maritima din Constanta


56        Universitatea de Arta si Design, Cluj-Napoca

Cluj Napoca

57        Universitatea Ecologica din Bucuresti


58        Universitatea HYPERION


59        Academia de Muzica Gheorghe Dima

Cluj Napoca

60        Universitatea Eftimie Murgu din Resita


61        Universitatea Bioterra din Bucuresti


62        Universitatea Mihail Kogalniceanu


63        Universitatea Bogdan Voda din Cluj-Napoca


64        Universitatea Andrei Saguna


65        Universitatea Constantin Brâncoveanu


66        Universitatea Petre Andrei din Iasi

Iasi ...

67        Universitatea Dimitrie Cantemir

Târgu Mures

68        Universitatea Româno-Germana din Sibiu


69        Universitatea Athenaeum din Bucuresti


70        Universitatea Nationala de Educatie Fizica si Sport


71        Universitatea George Baritiu din Brasov


72        Universitatea Artifex din Bucuresti


73        Universitatea Europeana "Dragan" din Lugoj



Courses to study at universities in Romania


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Romania


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Romania or any other study abroad destination


 1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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